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MAKING WAVES
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Surfrider: Where Kids #MakeWaves Too
In 2008, Surfrider piloted a youth engagement initiative. Today with more than 40 school clubs in 12 states across the country, our next generation of coastal defenders are focusing on a variety of projects and campaigns including local beach cleanups, promoting plastic free campus living and installing Ocean Friendly Gardens. If you know a student who loves the ocean, beach or the environment – send them our way! You’re never too young to make a difference.
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International Coastal Cleanup Day is Here!
This Saturday, September 19, marks the 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day. Yes, the big 3-0. It’s the perfect time to help preserve our coastlines and ocean. Last year 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries picked up more than 16 million pounds of trash. Let’s make 2015 even better. Sign up to volunteer and join in – the ocean, beaches and coastlines need you.
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Miami Beach Says “Bye Bye” to Foam
Miami Beach is now a #NoFoamZone. This means no foam coolers, plates or other food storage items. Miami Beach is the first city in Florida to implement an EPS foam ban and we hope to see Orlando (and other cities throughout the state and the rest of the U.S.) give foam the boot soon too. Next up – getting the Florida legislature to pass a pilot program to ban single-use plastic bags across the state. Let’s make it happen in 2016!
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Adopt an Activist
Surfrider would be nothing without the network of amazing volunteers and activists that work to make changes big and small for our ocean and country’s coastlines. By supporting Surfrider today, you’ll provide our passionate volunteers with more resources from leading science, policy, program and legal experts to transform their passion into effective and tangible protection for the coast. It’s everyone’s right to enjoy the coasts and it is everyone’s duty to protect them. How will you help?
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California Closes in on Microbeads
The California Senate agreed to ban the sale of personal care products (think soap, toothpaste and body wash) containing plastic microbeads – a big source of marine plastic pollution. If Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill, it becomes a state law in 2020. As one of the first states to pass this type of legislation, it would prohibit the sale of any personal hygiene products with these tiny beads, which don’t biodegrade and wastewater treatment facilities have a hard time capturing them. Instead these micro plastic materials enter our waterways and head for the ocean where they’re consumed by marine life (and us people too) that eat these fish. Way to go CA – let’s hope the rest of the nation joins you!
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Celebrating Kevin Piper
Tired of surfing in dirty waters, Kevin Piper, a senior at California State University Channel Islands, decided to get involved to create change. As a Surfrider activist, he supports the local Surfrider chapter with his knowledge of hydraulic fracking issues, along with working to eliminate plastic bottle use on his campus, plant Ocean Friendly Gardens and more. Kevin says, “The strength of the Surfrider Foundation is really in its members and chapters around the country. Each chapter has power to create real change in its community.” Kevin, you rock. If you’re feeling inspired, then join us too – you could be our next featured activist.
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